Well, there are a few things that you need to consider and a few steps that you need to take before you’ll stand a chance of being hired. Don’t worry. Nothing too scary, but important nonetheless.
1 SEND SELFIES
Portfolios can easily go out of date. Your look, your physical fitness will often vary from week to week, month to month. And more than often what you are still showing in your portfolio is not an accurate representation of how you look right now. That’s why, if you haven’t been asked already, you will need to snap some selfies of how you look right now and send these to Tony.
Images MUST be taken as you look right now and not be from a few days/weeks ago. As it’s your current look that Tony wants to see in anticipation of a potential test shoot.
Then, send these to Tony (if you’re on this page you will most likely have been invited and should already have Tony’s phone number). If so, add Tony on WhatsApp (if you have his number) or on Instagram (marturanotony) and send the above pictures to him without delay.
Don’t worry too much about the look of the image just try to make it as bright as possible. DO NOT ADD ANY FILTERS as that would defeat the purpose of current selfies!
Do you have tattoos anywhere on your body? If the answer’s yes, be sure to bring these to Tony’s attention.
Tattoos are notoriously limiting with stock photography. The reason for this is because stock photography sites will not accept an image that features a tattoo without a property release. That’s because you do not own the rights to the tattoo on your skin, but the original artist who put it there does. Without a release from him or her, any image featuring your likeness and the tattoo of another artist cannot be commercially sold.
The easiest way to get around this is to source a property release from the original artist.
Are you able to do that? If not, don’t worry, there are ways of getting around this by shooting from certain angles or even covering the tattoo with makeup. Either way, it’s best you bring this to Tony’s attention sooner rather than later.
To discover more about the intricacies of working with stock photography, check out the blog post at the foot of this page.
3 TEST SHOOT
If you are NOT from the UK but are from another European country, you will not need to attend a test shoot due to the impracticalities of travelling to the studio. This does mean that you will only be hired if there is a specific campaign that Tony believes will suit you as opposed to being tested and then added for potential assignments.
Tony will review your images and if he is happy with what he sees, he will most likely invite you to a test shoot.
The test shoot normally takes place in or near Tony’s studio in Cambridgeshire. It lasts approximately 2-3 hours. The purpose of the shoot is to establish your versatility and also to give you and Tony a chance to meet and see how well you work with each other. Generally, as long as you are happy to sign a release, the photos shot during the test will be made available to you, FOR FREE, to use on social media, website and, of course, to expand your portfolio. You must provide credit to Tony at all times (e.g. watermark clearly visible or Tony’s official account tagged on social media). This will be discussed further between you and Tony if and when you are in invited to the test shoot.
However, please remember, this is a unique opportunity to have some great photos taken by an accomplished photographer. Please be sure to respect that. For your information, Tony Marturano retains the rights to the photos at all times, you will be granted an exclusive licence to use the photos in accordance with the above.
4 REGULAR CONTACT
Once the test shoot has been booked, Tony will be in regular contact with you to discuss the theme of the shoot along with details of how he would like you to look on the day. E.g. beard and hair length. This is an important part of the process. Regular contact will not only ensure that you bring to and present yourself at the shoot with everything that Tony is expecting but it will serve to generate a rapport between you so as to alleviate any nervousness you may have on the day.
5 BE RELIABLE
Present yourself to the test shoot location on time and with any clothes and grooming products that were asked of you. Tony is a very busy person, the last thing you want to do is keep him waiting for a test shoot as it won’t inspire much confidence in your reliability going forward.
6 AFTER THE TEST SHOOT
After the test shoot, Tony will know if you have what it takes to join the team of stock photography models and he will contact you to inform you of his decision. If your test was successful, he will also make you an offer for your first official paid shoot and discuss possible themes with you.
And that’s it! From there on, you’ll be on your way to either generating a new regular revenue stream or career. How far you succeed in this new venture is entirely down to your aptitude to stock photography. If you truly commit yourself to the craft, prove your versatility and reliability, you’ll most likely receive regular bookings, if not through Tony then through other casting professionals. Providing, of course, that you follow Tony’s advice as and when it is given to you.